It looks like Iowa is going to the Mid-American Conference to get its next assistant coach.
According to Hawkeyenation.com’s Rob Howe, Northern Illinois WR/special teams coordinator Kelton Copeland is the favorite to become a new Hawkeyes assistant.
NIU’s Kelton Copeland favored to join Iowa staff
So w/ Tim Polasek taking OL, that probably means Brian Ferentz handles RB. That leaves WR. Signs pointing to NIU's Kelton Copeland for that.
— Rob Howe (@RobHoweHN) February 14, 2017
The report follows a busy string of hours for the Hawkeyes’ open coaching spots.
Late Monday night, news broke that North Dakota State assistant Tim Polasek would fill one of the open assistant jobs. Jeff Kolpack of the Fargo (N.D.) Forum broke the story. On Tuesday, the Des Moines Register’s Chad Leistikow reported Polasek would coach the Hawkeyes’ offensive line.
I can confirm that Bison offensive coordinator Tim Polasek is leaving NDSU for an assistant position with Iowa.
— Jeff Kolpack (@FGOSPORTSWRITER) February 14, 2017
Have confirmed that NDSU offensive coordinator Tim Polasek will become Iowa's OL coach. First report of him leaving via @FGOSPORTSWRITER.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) February 14, 2017
Copeland has been with Northern Illinois since the 2013 season. After first coaching the running backs, he moved to wide receivers this past season. Copeland’s previous stops include South Dakota, Coffeyville C.C., Northwood and Emporia State. He played quarterback at Emporia State from 1999 to 2002.
The coach has also been adding Hawkeyes accounts on Twitter.
Iowa has openings at offensive line, wide receiver or running back, so the reported hires would fill in the desired spots. In April, the NCAA is expected to add a 10th assistant coach to football staffs. That additional coaching spot would allow the Hawkeyes to hire coaches for all three of the openings.